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http://INCLUDEURLIFYOUWANT 2 00:00:05,341 --> 00:00:11,054 "If I have been able to see further, it was only because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." Isaac Newton. 3 00:00:16,533 --> 00:00:19,923 We are in the middle of a technological renaissance. 4 00:00:19,923 --> 00:00:24,520 The spread of information and improvement in technology 5 00:00:24,620 --> 00:00:27,609 are exponentially increasing in speed. 6 00:00:27,709 --> 00:00:31,626 Faster, better, smaller, smarter, further. 7 00:00:31,726 --> 00:00:36,548 Currently our scientists are developing artificial intelligence, 8 00:00:36,648 --> 00:00:38,197 medical breakthroughs, 9 00:00:38,297 --> 00:00:40,240 biotechnology and nanotechnology, 10 00:00:40,519 --> 00:00:42,864 even a space elevator. 11 00:00:42,964 --> 00:00:47,206 These all rely on software to function. 12 00:00:47,306 --> 00:00:49,551 Behind the scenes of this world 13 00:00:49,651 --> 00:00:52,478 beyond the hype of the next hottest release 14 00:00:52,578 --> 00:00:55,937 there is a war going on. 15 00:00:58,096 --> 00:00:59,580 "Competition is a sin." John D. Rockefeller 16 00:00:59,768 --> 00:01:02,764 A European court found Microsoft guilty 17 00:01:02,864 --> 00:01:08,290 of abusing its Windows monopoly to exclude competitors from the software market. 18 00:01:09,056 --> 00:01:11,750 Software is so important to so many things, 19 00:01:11,850 --> 00:01:14,443 and if you can control the software, 20 00:01:14,443 --> 00:01:16,800 it's like controlling the flow of oil. 21 00:01:16,900 --> 00:01:20,643 It's kind of weird because everything you do as an educator, 22 00:01:20,743 --> 00:01:25,200 involving mathematics at least, is open, except possibly the software. 23 00:01:25,310 --> 00:01:31,500 Apple plus Microsoft equals 100% of the desktop computer market. 24 00:01:31,765 --> 00:01:35,039 For too long, we've had all of these damn companies who say: 25 00:01:35,039 --> 00:01:40,600 "Okay, so if you want to make content, you've got to do it in this format, you've got to do it in this way." 26 00:01:40,890 --> 00:01:45,024 When you get a program, from say a proprietary software company like Microsoft, 27 00:01:45,124 --> 00:01:47,810 you are left effectively helpless. 28 00:01:47,910 --> 00:01:50,279 They don't give you the source code. 29 00:01:50,279 --> 00:01:52,547 When your mail client is hosted at Google, 30 00:01:52,547 --> 00:01:55,659 Google could decide they are going to suspend your account, 31 00:01:55,659 --> 00:01:57,029 and then you disappear. 32 00:01:57,029 --> 00:01:58,608 And all of your information disappears. 33 00:01:58,615 --> 00:02:01,649 Your digital life could be destroyed in a minute, 34 00:02:01,649 --> 00:02:02,600 and it could be a mistake. 35 00:02:02,700 --> 00:02:07,292 The open source movement is changing the way that businesses around the world are operating. 36 00:02:07,392 --> 00:02:10,473 If you improve it, those changes, if you are publishing them, 37 00:02:10,573 --> 00:02:12,423 also have to stay under the same license. 38 00:02:12,523 --> 00:02:15,024 So the body of free software just grows, and grows, and grows. 39 00:02:15,124 --> 00:02:19,290 Facebook uses open source software, lots of companies use open source software. 40 00:02:19,390 --> 00:02:23,430 NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange, Tokyo Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange, 41 00:02:23,530 --> 00:02:26,007 Google, Amazon, it's in planes, the Airbus, 42 00:02:26,107 --> 00:02:28,167 all the film industry, 43 00:02:28,267 --> 00:02:29,267 it's in the power turbines, 44 00:02:29,367 --> 00:02:32,578 80% of the US's power is generated using Linux. 45 00:02:32,678 --> 00:02:36,800 The military has realized that Linux is a very good thing to use for a lot of their missions. 46 00:02:36,897 --> 00:02:40,500 Linux powers over 90% of the world's supercomputers. 47 00:02:43,352 --> 00:02:47,100 "Linux isn't going away. Linux is a serious competitor. We will rise to that challenge." Steve Ballmer, 2003 48 00:02:47,500 --> 00:02:52,199 We don't need something like WikiLeaks to come in and expose some secret things that we have going on, 49 00:02:52,664 --> 00:02:55,334 because we make everything in our development process public. 50 00:02:55,434 --> 00:02:59,072 It's all there, freely available for people to use, 51 00:02:59,072 --> 00:03:01,200 and it's free. It doesn't cost money. 52 00:03:01,278 --> 00:03:03,066 I want to be able to open a device and see how it works 53 00:03:03,166 --> 00:03:04,800 and make it better. 53 00:03:04,900 --> 00:03:07,290 That's really what makes the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. 55 00:03:07,390 --> 00:03:11,440 The villages have no electricity, no telephone, no television, 56 00:03:11,540 --> 00:03:13,469 and the children take laptops home 57 00:03:13,569 --> 00:03:15,814 that are connected broadband to the Internet. 58 00:03:15,914 --> 00:03:18,200 It is about people having the ability 59 00:03:18,300 --> 00:03:21,200 to control their own destiny when it comes to technology. 60 00:03:21,300 --> 00:03:23,600 And that's what challenged the industry as well. 61 00:03:23,700 --> 00:03:25,900 Their first attempt to do something about it was to call it 62 00:03:26,000 --> 00:03:29,800 an un-American cancerous virus that eats up software like a Pac-Man. 63 00:03:29,955 --> 00:03:32,900 10 years ago, Microsoft was the Evil Empire, 64 00:03:33,000 --> 00:03:36,300 these days Apple has certainly taken that crown. 65 00:03:36,400 --> 00:03:38,360 We are handing over power, 66 00:03:38,460 --> 00:03:40,900 and we don't know what they are going to do with that power, 67 00:03:41,000 --> 00:03:43,500 and we don't have any way to hold them accountable. 68 00:03:43,600 --> 00:03:47,300 Free software changed the way social movements communicate. 69 00:03:47,400 --> 00:03:51,200 The Internet connection was cut off, but you kept seeing videos. 70 00:03:51,300 --> 00:03:54,600 They had ways of communicating, even when the country tried to cut themselves off. 71 00:03:54,700 --> 00:03:58,500 If I'm not a programmer, I want my friends to be able to do it, 72 00:03:58,600 --> 00:04:01,100 I want the thinktank to do it, I want the university to do it, 73 00:04:01,200 --> 00:04:04,700 I want the world to be able to look at this software, and make sure that it's safe. 74 00:04:04,800 --> 00:04:07,500 You want software wars? I can tell you about software wars. 75 00:04:07,600 --> 00:04:13,200 I would have to say that my entire history at NASA was involved with software. 76 00:04:13,300 --> 00:04:16,100 There's nothing more valuable than being able to control information, 77 00:04:16,200 --> 00:04:19,500 not just the flow of information, but information itself! 78 00:04:19,600 --> 00:04:26,130 In order to reach greatness, you have to be able to build on what has gone before you. 79 00:04:29,580 --> 00:04:34,280 Software Wars

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